ahoy me hearties

Red sails in the sunset, way out on the sea
Oh, carry my loved one home safely to me.
~ lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy, 1935

Ahoy Matey

Ahoy me hearties! Have I told you enough times how much I love joining those amazingly talented mates at the Color Throwdown challenge? Aye – I truly do. Check out this booty of inspiration from Wanda Cullen.


That we’ bit of purple (Wisteria Wonders and Almost Amethyst) almost made me want to walk the plank. I know purple is the Pantone color of the year – and an aversion to purple means I’m just not up with the trends. I can’t really explain it, but purple and I have just never been close mates.


So I dug deep into my treasures and found this bounty – retired paper from BasicGrey that has a hint of some aged and distressed  purple. I beat it into submission, made it work – and survived to sail another day.



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Okay, I promise, no more pirate talk – but isn’t it fun?

This challenge was a great excuse to use some of my older stash that was feeling a bit neglected. My little sailor boy is from a retired stamp, but a very close likeness is still available as a digital stamp at Claire Keay’s Jellypark (link below).

The sailor is fussy cut, paper pieced and Copic colored (E11, E000, E0000, and E30, for skin tones). I weaved hemp cord around the cork-sheet doily to resemble rope.

I’m notoriously bad about forgetting an envelope (half of my cards get hand delivered with whatever I can find to put them in). This time, I had fun embellishing the outside and inside of the envelope I made with the envelope punch board.

Here are the rest of the ingredients. I’ll set anchor down for now . . . we’ll sail again soon.

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Sweet Comments

  1. When I have tried to take on purple – it wins. I am not a fan. However, I do love how you have beaten it into submission on this card. It’s not in-your-face – it’s just a lovely part of the natural, masculine look of the card.
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  2. Love this! You rocked that colour challenge!

  3. What a super cute card Linda. What a cool take on the colors. Love the sweet image and the banners!
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  4. OMGosh! Your little pirate is adorable! Love his paper pieced clothes and that fabulous layout!!
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  5. What a adorable little pirate!! Love the banner and the scallops.
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  6. Well, blow me down! This is just too darn adorable and I am laughing as I read your description. Believe it or not, I’m NOT a purple fan either, but I needed to use that Lavender set for another design team I’m on, so purple was pretty much a given when I picked my colors. :-)
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  7. Joan Ervin says:

    Iabsolutely love your adorable card, Linda!!! The little pirate is just tooo cute and I just love how you beat the papers into submission…LOL!!! Thanks for the chuckle!!

  8. Fab card Linda – I love all the pirate talk that goes with it too 😉
    Great interpretation of the challenge and those texture touches ike cork and twine are perfect for a masculine card!! Rx
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